1940 in poetry

1940 in poetry

in?=in poetry
in2?=in literature
cp=19th century
c=20th century
cf=21st century


*Aldous Huxley is a screenwriter for the movie adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice"

Works published

* W. H. Auden, "Another Time", including the famous "September 1, 1939"
* Sir John Betjeman, "Old Lights for New Chancels"
* E. E. Cummings, "50 Poems"
* T. S. Eliot, "East Coker", published in "New English Weekly"
* Odysseus Elytis's first book, "Orientations"
* Federico García Lorca, "Poeta en Nueva York" published posthumously this year (written in 1930; first translation into English as "A Poet in New York", 1988)
* Hugh MacDiarmid, editor, "The Golden Treasury of Scottish Poetry"
* E. H. McCormick, "Letters and Art in New Zealand", scholarshipPreminger, Alex and T.V.F. Brogan, et al., editors, "The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics", 1993, Princeton University Press and MJF Books, "New Zealand Poetry" article, "History and Criticism" section, p 837]
* Kenneth Rexroth, "In What Hour?"
* Giorgos Seferis, "Τετράδιο Γυμνασμάτων (Exercise Book)" and "Ημερολόγιο Καταστρώματος Ι (Deck Diary I)"
* Dylan Thomas, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog"
* Louis Zukofsky finishes the first half of "A"

Awards and honors

* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Mark Van Doren: "Collected Poems"
* King's Gold Medal for Poetry: Michael Thwaites


* April 16 — Rolf Dieter Brinkmann (died 1975), German
* May 24 — Joseph Brodsky (died 1996), born Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky in Russia, a Russian-American poet and essayist who won the 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature and was Poet Laureate of the United States (1991-1992)
* September 8 — Jack Prelutsky, American poet noted for his children's poems
* October 20 — Robert Pinsky, American poet and Poet Laureate of the United States (1997-2000)
*date not known:
** Douglas Barbour
** Martha Collins (poet)
** Fanny Howe, American poet, novelist and short story writer
** Angela De Hoyos
** Gary Hyland
** Paul Mariani
** David W. McFadden


* January 5 — Humbert Wolfe, poet and epigrammist
* March 4 — Hamlin Garland American novelist, poet, essayist, and short story writer
* March 7 — Edwin Markham, American poet.
* August 21 — Ernest Lawrence Thayer, American writer and poet who wrote "Casey at the Bat"
* September 26 — W. H. Davies, Welsh poet and writer who spent most of his life as a tramp in the United States and United Kingdom

ee also

* Poetry
* List of poetry awards
* List of years in poetry


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